This is a journal of experiences and observations written by a retired U.S. Agency for International Development Foreign Service Officer about his entertaining, unpredictable, and sometimes dangerous adventures in Mozambique, Kosovo, Armenia, Iraq, and with the Hash House Harriers from 2009 – 2013.
Much has been written about U.S. Diplomacy, the operation of U.S. Embassies, the challenges and dangers faced by Foreign Service Officers and their families. However, there has been little attention given to the adventurous and fun side of the Foreign Service life. Despite all the work and hardship which the Foreign Service Officer career entails, many people are still attracted to this life. Why?
Every FSO has his or her own unique explanation. Adventure was my most motivating consideration. Also, the portfolio of USAID projects in most countries: health, economic development, agriculture and food security, democracy building, and environment ensured that I would not be bored.
Although the world is a big place, I discovered there is much that people, terrain, and environment have in common. The enjoyable experiences that were shared with the Hash House Harriers (H3) running-walking-social clubs in Mozambique, Kosovo, and Armenia were particularly memorable.
I hope you enjoy this lighter side of the Foreign Service life.